Legal news from Friday, March 10, 2006
20:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Leonie Brinkema [official profile] late Friday refused a media motion for immediate access to admitted documentary evidence and bench transcripts in the sentencing trial of accused September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, ruling that the court did not have the resources to provide such access and that [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] An appeals panel of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] ruled Friday that former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] can return to politics in Kosovo during his provisional release pending trial for war crimes scheduled to begin in 2007 [JURIST [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] An appeals panel of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] ruled Friday that former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] can return to politics in Kosovo during his provisional release pending trial for war crimes scheduled to begin in 2007 [JURIST [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] An appeals panel of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] ruled Friday that former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] can return to politics in Kosovo during his provisional release pending trial for war crimes scheduled to begin in 2007 [JURIST [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Interior Secretary Gale Norton [official profile] resigned from the Bush cabinet Friday after a five-year run, and will officially leave office at the end of March. In her resignation letter [DOI press release], the former Colorado Attorney General told the President that her decision was motivated by a [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A federal jury has found private military contractor Custer Battles [corporate website] guilty of 37 fraudulent acts against the US Coalition Provisional Authority [official website] in the first application of the federal False Claims Act [text] against an Iraq war contractor. The jury found the company guilty of establishing [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Both the UN and Cambodia have submitted "short lists" of possible judges for the Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal [task force website, in Cambodian; Yale CGP materials] that will be probing crimes against humanity by the Cambodian communist regime that allegedly killed millions in the 1970s and 80s. UN [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] at The Hague Friday convicted two Croatians - a journalist and a former security official [ICTY case summary] - for contempt [ICTY indictment, PDF] in disclosing the name of a protected witnesses in the 1997 war crimes trial of [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean police have arrested 15 members of the opposition group Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] after reportedly uncovering a collection of stockpiled weapons connected to the clandestine Zimbabwe Freedom Movement (ZFM) [manifesto], a group established in 2003 for the sole purpose of overthrowing the regime of President [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] China has established a Judicial Court of Intellectual Property to handle piracy and intellectual property cases nationwide, according to a court spokesman speaking Friday at a Beijing news conference held during the annual meeting of the parliamentary National People's Congress. Read a press release on the court [in Chinese].The [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] New legislation aimed at improving security at American ports remained very much on the policy agenda of Republican and Democratic lawmakers Friday even in the wake of an announcement [JURIST report] from United Arab Emirates-owned Dubai Ports World [corporate website], read out by Sen. John Warner on the Senate [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Milan announced Friday that after an investigation [JURIST report] they have formally asked a judge to issue an indictment against Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official profile; BBC profile] and his former lawyer, British barrister David Mills, for corruption in connection with false testimony that Mills allegedly [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi Justice Ministry official responding to a US military statement that the US will eventually close its operation [JURIST report] at Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in Baghdad and hand the facility back to Iraqi authorities said Friday that the Ministry would use the buildings as a [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] Preparations for the establishment of an international tribunal to try those accused of killing former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive] and others in a Beirut bombing in February 2005 are almost complete, according to a Lebanese minister meeting UN officials in New York Thursday. Lebanese Telecommunications [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] Presiding US District Judge Leonie Brinkema [official profile] Thursday warned prosecutors in the sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] against making any indication to jury members that Moussaoui was obligated to tell FBI agents about his terrorist connections after his arrest in August 2001 for violating immigration [read more]

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